NHS Digital has released figures detailing the costs of building, maintaining and servicing parts of the NHS estate – from how much is spent on feeding patients, to the number of car parking spaces at hospitals.
The NHS Digital report, Estates Return Information Collection (ERIC) 2015-16, publishes information on various costs incurred in equipping the NHS estate to deliver secondary care and ambulance services.
It also includes information on non-financial aspects, such as NHS trusts’ fire safety measures, and their steps towards meeting carbon reduction targets.
The 2015-16 ERIC collection received data from 238 trusts, including 10 ambulance trusts, and provides information on estate costs for the financial year of 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.
Information at trust level is available for the following categories:
- Organisational profile
- Strategies and policies
- Contracted-out services
- Building and land sales
- Fire safety
Figures are also available at hospital/site level in categories that include but are not limited to: laundry costs, cleaning costs, in-patient food costs, waste disposal costs, car parking availability and charges, and costs in maintaining the quality of buildings.